The Covid-19 outbreak is changing the way businesses around the world operate – and the global shared services sector is no exception.The focus is on the role of the CFO.The five big CFO priorities – business growth, cost containment, positive cash flow generation, a strong control environment and stakeholder management – will ramp up in importance.
FROM THE EDITOR
The political opposition to the three agricultural reform bills recently passed was both shocking and unexpected. Particularly, as the legislation actually benefits farmers by offering them the ability to secure better prices for their products. The politically stirred protests in Punjab and Haryana are evidence of how hard it is to initiate reform measures of any kind, even of the variety that actually helps those that it affects.
Sujit Vaidya shares his journey and the lessons learnt along the way
Today’s CFO has a multi-faceted role and is expected to be a performance leader, a steward of control, a catalyst of change, an operator of efficiency and a strategist of growth.
Digital marketing (DM) has changed beyond recognition in the last decade. New DM channels like social media marketing have opened up, supplementing older ones such as mobile/SMS. The composition of marketing teams, focus areas of spend and DM’s importance within the overall pantheon of marketing, have all undergone profound change.
Finance has pioneered the adoption of technology and automation for streamlining processes. IMA India’s 2019-20 Accounts Closing Benchmarks Report reveals interesting insights on how companies that are leading the ‘tech-adoption’ revolution in their closing processes are able to leapfrog ahead of those still relying on manual effort and spread-sheets.
Kaveree Bamzai, Independent journalist and former Editor of India Today
In recent decades, male-female relationships have shifted dramatically, both in the workplace and at home. At a recent India CEO Forum webinar, Kaveree Bamzai, an independent journalist
Arun Prabhu, Partner, General Corporate Practice, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
The impending enactment of a new data protection law in India promises to fundamentally change the operating regime for businesses in this market. Borrowing from the General Data Protection Guidelines (GDPR) of Europe
Sridhar Narayan, Managing Director and Head of Global Markets, HSBC India
After giving up more than 7% since the start of the year and falling to a record low of 76.4/USD in April, the Indian rupee appears to have stabilised in the mid-70s. Enabling this are a shrinking trade
Arun Bothra, decorated IPS officer, Chairman and MD of Orissa State Road Transportation and MD of Capital Region Urban Transport
With the coronavirus pandemic bringing the world to a halt, job losses, poverty, medical emergencies and the struggle to afford even
Pramod Bhasin, Chairman, Clix Capital
The GST has remained a topic of debate and, in many cases, trauma compounded by frequent changes in tax rates, confusing and sometimes conflicting rules on input credit and the continuing threat of anti-profiteering action by the authorities.
Anil Parashar, President and CEO, Interglobe Technology Quotient
While all industries have been impacted by falling demand, reduced purchasing power and supply-chain disruptions, the travel-hospitality-tourism trinity has borne the full brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. Accounting
Raj Kamal Jha, Editor in Chief, Indian Express
We are in the midst of a changing world order. It is not bullets and bombs but a tiny, deadly virus that is driving change. Notwithstanding the burden of its high population density, India has fared relatively well in mitigating the impact of an unprecedented health and economic crisis.